I strive to cater to my students' needs, recognising that everyone learns differently. To that end, I have employed numerous methodologies in the past, working equally with visual and auditory aids. In historical lessons, I find it equally useful to explore topics thematically and to illustrate them with specific examples, and strive to make the key takeaways clear at the beginning - and end - of each lesson. Equally important, in my opinion, to the cold, hard facts presented in books, are the pieces of material evidence that can illustrate how, and why things happened!
In teaching paper-writing, I find it important to explain the basic building-blocks of a successful academic paper before delving into what can be done with language. I focus on explaining the best way to structure an essay, moving on to the creation of comprehensive essay plans that effectively argue a point based on good research. Grammatical notes and spelling errors, depending on the student in question, can be addressed whenever necessary (and in whatever depth necessary).
I am a 25 year old American masters student at the University of Edinburgh, currently working on my dissertation on Roman empresses. I also studied at Edinburgh undergrad, obtaining a degree in ancient history and classical archaeology. Over the course of my undergraduate studies I spent equal time in classes on the Greek and Roman worlds, and on archaeology. I also have foundational knowledge in ancient Greek and Latin, and speak conversational Russian.
I am a passionate student of the ancient world and an excellent writer, having graduated my undergraduate degree with first class honours. During my masters this year I have also averaged first class marks. Though my own expertise is in ancient Greece and Rome, I love history in general, am well read, and am excellent at revision.
Consistently throughout the past five years of collegiate-level education I have acted as the go-to editor for my friends' papers, and have been told that those assignments with which I helped them regularly received higher marks. I have an excellent grasp on English grammar, syntax, spelling, and how to properly and convincingly structure and argue a point in writing.
Though I have not worked as a private tutor before, I have extensive experience working with children and providing homework help, and spent time during my undergraduate years walking my classmates through missed lectures or difficult topics. I do have marginal experience as an instructor, having been asked to teach an undergraduate lecture on Roman empresses this past fall, and having volunteered as an English teacher to job-seeking refugees in the US while in high-school. I am happy to work with any age group at any educational level, and intend to work in academia in the future, because, at the most basic level, I genuinely enjoy teaching.
English Language Teacher (Volunteer), Jewish Vocational Service (Boston, MA; 2008)
- Taught basic language skills to international refugees to assist them in getting jobs in the greater Boston area.
Guest Lecturer, University of Edinburgh (2018)
- Presented research findings on later empresses of the Severan dynasty (AD 193-235) to an undergraduate course on Roman empresses.
Northfield Mount Hermon School (Northfield, MA; 2007-2011)
- 3.45 GPA
- Recipient of The Proctor Prize for Excellence in Writing (awarded to one senior from each graduating class)
- Academic focus on ancient and modern history and Russian language
Tulane University (New Orleans, LA; 2011-2012)
- 3.5 GPA
- Academic focus on ancient history and Russian language
Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (MA), University of Edinburgh (2014-2018)
- First class honours
- Final dissertation on the Severan empress Julia Soaemias awarded first class honours
- Recipient of the Prize in Classical Archaeology for the graduating class of 2018
- Dual focus on the Greek and Roman worlds
- Language classes in ancient Greek
Ancient History (MSc), University of Edinburgh (2018-current)
- Currently averaging first class honours
- Recipient of the Classics Masters Award, awarded to three masters students per year in the University of Edinburgh Classics Department
- Recipient of the Sheila Cannell Postgraduate Scholarship, awarded to one student per year in the University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics, and Archaeology
- Language classes in Latin
I’ve known Matilda Brown in all my five years as a student at The University of Edinburgh, and benefitted from her help for all of that time. As anyone who embarks on tutoring, she has a plethora of knowledge in the necessary fields, but her true strength comes from her conduct. She has an unique ability to make difficult subjects accessible through humour, which itself helps the student retain information which would otherwise be lost. On a personal level, I do not believe I would have reached my academic goals without her support and aid. English is not my native language, and when looking back at the essays and projects she’s helped me through, edited, and advised, I am certain I would never have reached a 1st on the amount of projects I have if it was not for her. Her advice is always succinct and clear, her organisation abilities unlike anyone else I know. In addition, her future goal, to herself teach and research at university as a professor, gives her motivation and professionalism I doubt can be found in any other candidate.
I have known Matilda for 2 years. She is the hardest and most dedicated person I have met. Her work ethic is brilliant and has encouraged my own to be better. I have been a captive audience member for a lecture she gave on the Severans in my Third year at University. Not only did Matilda make the lecture easy to digest with a planned hand out and a very confident speaking manner. She also welcomed questions and made time for me after the lecture to discuss an upcoming essay. Alongside this, Matilda edited my dissertation for me. Her feedback and grammar check of my work has undoubtedly affected the mark I received for it, in a massively positive manner. Not only is Matilda easy to get along with, but her personality also makes learning classics from her exciting. I would wholeheartedly advise anyone looking for a classics tutor to pick Matilda.
Matilda is incredibly proficient at writing, editing and proof-reading. The fact that she has helped me with coursework throughout my undergrad in English Literature and my MSc in Global Environmental Politics is testament to the fact that she has command over academic writing beyond the scope of her chosen field. I do, however, know that she is particularly talented at teaching Classics and Ancient History from the comments I have heard from her peers and professors after she has taken a class. Her talent is borne out of love for the subject; being passionate about the subject matter means she is relentlessly patient with her tutees, as she simply enjoys teaching and discussing Classics and Ancient History. Her love for the subject also means that she approaches topics in unique and interesting ways that will help anyone she is teaching improve their critical thinking skills.
I therefore highly recommend Matilda, confident that she will provide excellent and dedicated tutelage and make anyone feel comfortable enough to learn effectively with her guidance.
Matilda is a winning combination of charming, caring and highly intelligent. She always gives the maximum effort and ensures that people fully understand a topic before continuing. Her knowledge of the classical world is excellent, both with more general history of the period and specialist topics such as the women of the Severan Dynasty and slavery under the Romans. Matilda always gives due process to both primary and secondary sources, providing one with a strong foundation and also an idea of how events or themes are interpreted by classicists today. For these reasons, I cannot recommend Matilda enough to anyone with a need to learn about the classical world.
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